Do not let your wounds fester

“Do not be surprised if you fall every day and do not surrender. Stand your ground bravely. And you may be sure that your guardian angel will respect your endurance. A fresh, warm wound is easier to heal than those that are old, neglected, and festering, and that need extensive treatment, surgery, bandaging, and cauterization. Long ne­glect can render many of them incurable. However, all things are possible with God (Matt. 19:26).

God is merciful before a fall, inexorable after—so the demons say. And when you have sinned, pay no attention to him who says in regard to minor failings: “If only you had not committed that major fault! This is nothing by comparison.” The truth is that very often small gifts soften the great anger of the Judge.

He who really keeps track of what he has done will consider as lost every day during which he did not mourn, regardless of whatever good he may happen to have done.” St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 5.

Let us not fall into that deadly sin, despair. By it our wounds fester and become gangrenous, infecting the rest of the body. The one who knows he is wounded, knows to present his wounds to the True Physician without delay. Trusting in Him Who has come to abolish death in us and for us, let us cauterize the deadness we carry by bringing it forward for His healing.

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